After news of a study into rickets was released last Friday, reports that videogames led to a higher instance of rickets did the rounds, now though, they’re being thoroughly debunked.
Indeed, all of the trouble seems to have stemmed from a report in the Metro that a study in the British Medical Journal had indicated that lengthy indoor activities were responsible for a general vitamin D deficiency, leading to the current rise in the number of cases of rickets. Now though, professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Timothy Cheetham, the two behind the survey, have responded to that inference fairly directly, with Dr. Timothy Cheetham telling GamesBrief that,
“I understand METRO has said that we have linked computers to rickets, whereas we are actually saying lack of outdoor activity in childhood is a risk for poor nutritional state.”
Later, professor Simon Pearce responded, saying fairly succinctly that,
“The average age of a child with rickets is about 20 months old: too young to use a keyboard and mouse!”
So, it seems that according to the two men behind the study that had been reported to indicate a connection between the rise in rickets and the rising popularity of videogames does nothing of the sort, which certainly casts those that had been eager to report that to be the case in an awkward light.
It’ll be interesting to see just how much coverage the response from those behind the survey gets, but it seems sadly unlikely that it’ll see anything like the circulation of the original article.